Archaeologists make important discoveries related to Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah.
According to Biblical Archaeology Society, archaeologists have found two small clay bullae (seal impressions) found throughout Eilat Mazar’s City of David, Jerusalem.
The Biblical Archaeology Society states, “The first of the clay bullae, which were unearthed during the excavation bears the name Yehuchal [or Jehucal] ben Shelemyahu [Shelemiah]. The second was found in the First Temple period strata underneath what has been identified as Nehemiah’s Northern Tower, just a few yards away from the first, and reads Gedalyahu [Gedaliah] ben Pashur.”
Startlingly, both these men are mentioned together in the Bible. Jeremiah 38, details how King Zedekiah (597–587 B.C.E.) was advised by Jeremiah the Prophet to surrender to King of Babylonia, Nebuchadnezzar. However, not all killed his advice and among those were Gedaliah son of Pashur and Jehucal son of Shelemiah.
These are the same men who are mentioned on the seals discovered by archaeologists. In Jeremiah 38:1-13, Gedaliah and Jehucal the two ministers had Jeremiah thrown into a pit because they did not like the message of surrender he was preaching to the people of Jerusalem.
Archaeologist Eilat Mazar from Hebrew University has already made these tiny clay bullae accessible to the Biblical Archaeology Review readers. Moreover, these two clay bullae are set for a world premiere at the Armstrong Auditorium on the campus of Herbert W. Armstrong College, Oklahoma, USA. Herbert W. Armstrong College extended support to Eilat Mazar for carrying out City of David excavations.
“The Seals of Jeremiah’s Captors Discovered” exhibition will continue through October 2015. Besides, the two clay bullae, dozens of ceramic artefacts unearthed from Jerusalem which belong to the First Temple period including figurines, royal seal impressions, and one of the largest ancient vessels ever found in Jerusalem are also on display during the exhibition.